Stoke had to cancel their friendly against Manchester United moments before it began as manager Michael O’Neill tested positive for coronavirus.
The Potters were already at United’s Carrington training ground when the training match was scrapped due to the positive test.
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A statement from the Championship club read: Stoke City can confirm that manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus following the latest round of testing on Monday (June 8).
O’Neill had tested negative in the previous five rounds of testing. He will now follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation, whilst continuing to be in regular virtual contact with his coaching staff and players.
O’Neill’s assistant Billy McKinlay will take charge of first-team affairs during his absence.
O’Neill is in his first season in charge of the Potters, having taken over last November and helped steer the club towards safety after a dismal start to the campaign under Nathan Jones.
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The 50-year-old stepped down from his role as Northern Ireland manager in April due to the shutdown.
Nobody from the Stoke travelling party interacted with anyone at Manchester United following their arrival at Carrington, with separate facilities having been made available at the complex.
Stoke are preparing to resume their season away to Reading on June 20, a day after Manchester United are due to travel to London to face Tottenham and former manager Jose Mourinho.
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